ICYMI: ReWalk’s Restore technology for stroke patients featured in MD&DI
MARLBOROUGH, MA / YOKNEAM ILIT, ISRAEL—November 30, 2017– ReWalk Robotics’ innovative Restore soft exoskeleton system was featured in a recent story as one of the cutting edge technologies seeking to help stroke survivors heal and retain critical motor skills. The story published in Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI), a leading industry trade magazine.
The article examines the latest advancements in technology for stroke-assistive medical devices, and outlines the inspiration for a soft suit exoskeleton, with interviews with ReWalk CEO Larry Jasinski and Kathleen O’Donnell, lead of the medical exosuit program at Harvard’s Wyss Institute, ReWalk’s collaborative partner on the Restore system. The story also walks the reader through the device’s components:
The exosuit is powered by a motor unit worn on a waist belt, which activates sheathed Bowden cables anchored in two spots: one in a calf-worn fabric sleeve and one in the insole of the shoe the unit is activating to achieve a more natural gait.
In his interview, Jasinski speaks to the different pieces ReWalk and the Wyss Institute bring to the table, and the effort to obtain FDA clearance and offer a commercial system:
“They [Wyss] are doing a high level of fundamental research that, generally, small companies cannot afford to do. They are making it work for that individual situation. We are going to be able to take it through the FDA, through the reimbursement processes, and manufacture it at a price point with the quality control and functional level that can meet a mass audience. That is why it’s a good marriage.”
The Restore is a soft suit exoskeleton designed for the stroke survivor patient community; exosuits are expected to offer additional use for other patient populations, including individuals with Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis or other mobility challenges where normal walking gait is impacted. ReWalk recently unveiled the commercial Restore unit, which is already in use in a pre-clinical study and is preparing to expand to the US Pivotal Clinical trials in Q1 2018. Priced at $19,500, the soft exosuit is anticipated to begin commercialization in late 2018 or early 2019.
For more information about the Restore system, please visit: www.rewalk.com.
About ReWalk Robotics Ltd.
ReWalk Robotics Ltd. develops, manufactures and markets wearable robotic exoskeletons for individuals with spinal cord injury. Our mission is to fundamentally change the quality of life for individuals with lower limb disability through the creation and development of market leading robotic technologies. Founded in 2001, ReWalk has headquarters in the U.S., Israel and Germany.
ReWalk® is a registered trademark of ReWalk Robotics Ltd. in Israel.
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Date: November 30, 2017